|Tanzania has one of the lowest rates of secondary school enrolment in the world, withless than7% of suitably aged youth enrolled.
This state of affairs is economically unwise and socially unsustainable. Education should be viewed as the main tool for the eradication of ignorance, poverty and disease.
Although in Tanzinia about 85% of children enroll at the primary level, about 20% of these drop out before finishing.
Government spending on education dropped from 12% of the budget in 1981/82 to 4% in 1994/95. It is only external funding that prevented the situation in the education sector becoming worse.
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THE SCHOOL HAS OPENED
On 19 February 2007 the Mchungaji Mwema Secondary School opened.
The co-educational school has opened with about 80 students' 50% males and 50% females.
A Board of Trustees, including local and Government representatives has been elected.
School on Parade Administration Building
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This site is about the assisting the local people of Ngara and the Tanzanian Government to realise the gift of education and hope.
Ngara is a district capital in north-western Tanzania, about 25 miles from the border with Rwanda and Burundi.
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VISIT TO NGARA KAGERA TANZANIA JUNE/JULY 2009
The major task planned for this year's visit was to complete the Science Laboratory Building,(a block comprising 2 laboratory classrooms and teacher's preparation rooms). We also needed to carry out other needed maintenance at the school.
We therefore timed our visit during the June school holidays.
We had a team of five at the school comprising Stephen Voss (a craftsman) and his wife Claudia-Anne (from Wanganui); Jeff lee (Wellingon) Mary and John Rowan (Wanganui). Stephen's daughter Linda (a registered nurse from Auckland) also came, spending most of her time at the Murgwanza Hospital.
Working 8am to 6pm six days a week we completed the Laboratory Block and connected water to it. We also painted all the roofs of the School Buildings and did much other maintenance work.
During the fourth week Stephen, Claudia-Anne and Linda Voss went on Safari to the Serengeti; while the other team members met with the school Bursar and worked with the Headmaster and staff, including observing the school at work. A day was spent with the Board planning the future building programme and development of the Mchungaji Mwema (Good Shepherd) Secondary School.
For photos of the team at work and getting to Kagera go to gallery.
The school now has 352 students in Forms 1 to 4. At the end of the year the Form 4 students will be sitting the National year 4 "O" level exams (NZ equivalent NCEA year 11).
With this qualification the young women and men can progress to careers in nursing, laboratory work, primary school teaching, and technical trades.
Electricity already connected to the Administration building is now being extended to all classroom blocks and the science laboratories.
The School Board will soon be tendering for building the 4th double classroom Block.
In Central Africa secondary education for young women is critical to their own and the area's development. Girls are under great family pressure to do domestic duries , child minding and work on their small farms. They are also marriageable at 14 for a dowry of a few goats or a cow.